Bob Padjen

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

Head coach: Bob Padjen

Assistant coaches: Trent Jensen, Jesse Kikkert, Jonathan Hill, Doug Smith, Mike Tisza, Rob Shell and Tim Russell

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (3-3 South Suburban Blue Conference), T.F. South made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Rebels lost to Danville in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Thornwood

Sept. 1 vs Julian

Sept. 7 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 14 @ TF North

Sept. 21 vs Bremen

Sept. 28 @ Reavis

Oct. 5 vs Hillcrest

Oct. 12 @ Lemont

Oct. 19 @ Tinley Park

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Biggest storyline: T.F. South has advanced to the playoffs 20 times in the past 24 seasons. Can the Rebels get back to the IHSA state playoff field and make more noise this fall?

Names to watch this season: QB Kamron Clayton LB Michael Smith

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to replace seven starters on each side of the football this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: T.F. South head coach Bob Padjen was able to keep the Rebels on a winning path in his first season as Rebels head coach after several years serving in an assistant role. South always has talent. If the underclassmen can step up this summer, look for the Rebels to challenge for the top half of the South Suburban Blue conference race. 

49 Days to Kickoff: TF South


49 Days to Kickoff: TF South preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: TF South

Head coach: Bob Padjen

Assistant coaches: Trent Jensen, Doug Smith, Jessie Kickertt, Jonathan Hill, Mike Tisza, Chet Hanson, Mike Anaclario, Rob Shell, Eric Valiska, Tim Russell

How they fared in 2016: 7-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference), made the Class 6A state playoffs and lost to Rock Island in opening-round action.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ East Chicago Central

Sept. 1 – Urban Prep

Sept. 8 – TF North

Sept. 16 - @ Hillcrest

Sept. 22 - Lemont

Sept. 29 – Tinley Park

Oct. 6 - @ Bremen

Oct. 13 - Reavis

Oct. 20- @ Oak Forest

Biggest storyline: Can the Rebels continue its winning ways under Padjen?

Names to watch this season: senior OL/DL Hasan Jackson, senior RB/DB Johnt'e Crawford

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to replace graduated three-year starting quarterback Reis Padjen.

EDGY's early take: Former Hall of Fame head coach Tom Padjen stepped down after coaching the Rebels for 40 seasons. His brother and longtime assistant coach Bob Padjen takes over the program. If the Rebels can settle on a quarterback they have a strong core of returning starters back (five, offense, seven defense) and could make some noise this fall.